Khayati, Mustapha / Internationale Situationniste. 論大學生之貧乏 Louen ta hiue cheng tche pin fa / De La Misere en Milieu Etudiant [Chinese]. London: Spectacular Times, 1986. 30 p.; 21 x 15 cm; white wrappers with Chinese text in black and a red dot
A corrected version of the 1972 translation by Editions Champ Libre (Bibliotheque Asiatique), which was also the first edition in Chinese. Translation and preface by Lu Zhishen. Cover design and correctins by Hei Xing. On the last page, advertisement for Spectacular Times publications and P.O. Box address of Spectacular Times (Box 99, Freedom Press, 84b, Whitechapel High Street, London, E1 7QX, England)
Not see in the trade or on OCLC. A truly rare find.
Lemaitre, Maurice. Bilan du Situationnisme. Paris: Centre de Creativite, 1996. 15 p.; 21 x 14.5 cm.; pink wrappers with text in black.
Brief (4 p.) text by Lemaitre against the Internationale Situationniste, originally published in the periodical La Lettre, no.38, January 1982.
This separate reprint was strictly limited to 100 copies, 10 of which signed by the author. This copy bears the number 5 and is signed by Lemaitre
Not seen in the trade, with 3 copies on OCLC (BNF, Iowa, Oxford) – likely of the non-signed edition.
Straram, Patrick. Cahier pour un Paysage a Inventer. n.p. [Montreal]: n.p., May 1960. 103 p.; 26.5 x 21 cm; white cover with text in orange and black
First and only issue of this Situationist-influenced, Quebec-based periodical. Produced by Patrick Straram following his expatriation to Canada, this publication includes articles, poems and critical texts by Quebec writers (Gaston Miron, Marie-France O’Leary, Paul-Marie Lapointe, Gilles Hénault, Serge Garant, Marcel Dubé…) and members of the Internationale Situationniste (Asger Jorn, Gilles Ivain, Guy-Ernest Debord…).
Born in Paris in 1934, Patrick Straram was a member of the Internationale Lettriste and a close (and early) friend of Guy Debord and Ivan Chtcheglov. He left the I.L. in 1954 when he fled to Canada to avoid military service. He remained close to Debord for several, as attested by their warm and friend letters to each other.
This association copy belonged to Gaston Miron (1928-1996), one of the poets featured in the Cahier. Miron signed his name on the front cover and heavily annotated his brief text (“Notes d’un homme d’ici”). Miron was an important poet, writer and editor of Quebec’s quiet revolution, as well as a highly visible member of Quebec’s nationalist and independence movements.
Not found in the trade with only three copies on OCLC, all in Canada (Sherbrooke, Montreal, UQAM)
Boulard, Raoul. Perspective de Modifications Conscientes de l’Activite Revolutionnaire. Paris: Le Jargon Libre, November 1981. 1 folded sheet ( p.) ; 30 x 66 cm; yellow stock with text in black
This relatively unknown text revisits and critiques Guy Debord’s Perspectives de Modifications Conscientes dans la Vie Quotidienne. The author is a member of the Federation Anarchiste.
Rare in the trade with three copies on OCLC (Oregon, BDIC-Nanterre, and CIRA)
PS: Despite what OCLC states, Rene Berthier has stated that he is NOT the co-author (or pseudonymous writer) of this text.
Vienet, Rene. Chinois, Encore un Effort pour Etre Revolutionnaires… / Mao par Lui-Meme [FILM SYNOPSIS]. n.p. [Paris]: n.p., Film des Iles, n.d. . 20 p.; ill.; 21 x 29.5 cm; ill. double-sided cover with text in white.
The text synopsis for Rene Vienet’s film Chinois Encore Un Effort pour Etre Revolutionnaire (120 min; color; 35mm), co-directed by Ji Qing-ming and Al. Perreault, and the short film Mao par Lui-meme (26 min.; color; 35mm), co-directed by Wu Xing-ming and Francis Deron, both from 1977. Both films were selected for the 1977 Cannes Festival.
Contents includes: an introduction to Chinois Encore un Effort…by Edwin Hiu Aine, a biography of Rene Vienet, a report of documentary research, the publications of the Bibliotheque Asiastique, an introduction to Mao par Lui-Meme, a brief history of the PRC, and a brief essay on contemporary China by Rene Vienet.
This is a scarce document, not available in the trade with a single copy found in OCLC (Bibliotheque Nationale de France)
Agence pour l’Auto-Suppression du Proletariat. Rapport sur la Construction de Situations et sur les Conditions de l’Organisation et de l’Action dans la Tendance Situationniste Internationale 2. Lille: Imprimerie Speciale, June 1977. Single ill. sheet folded in 8, (70 x 49.5 cm. unfolded); Brown ink on cream stock
A response to Debord’s Rapport sur la Construction des Situations, published 20 years earlier (June 1957), this text offers an early criticism of the application of Situationist ideas.
Rare in the trade ; single OCLC copy at the Centre International de Recherches sur l’Anarchisme (CIRA) in Switzerland
Un Incontrole [i.e., Jean-Claude Lutanie]. Protestation Devant les Libertaires du Present et du Futur sur les Capitulations de 1980. Paris: Imprimerie Speciale Parisienne, 19 June 1981. 84 p.; 20.5 x 15.cm; black wrappers with red sticker stating title in black.
For a long time, the author of this little-known pamphlet remained a mystery- even to Situationist scholars (see Gonzalvez 183). Indeed, the text “was only signed with the word Incontrôlé (“Uncontrolled”), didn’t bear the name of any publisher, and was printed on stolen paper.” Nearly 30 years later, the mystery was lifted when the text was reissued by Editions Lutanie – a small publishing house named after the pamphlet’s author, Jean-Claude Lutanie – in 2011. The 300 copies quickly sold out.
This text is important in the context of Situationist politics. In the words of the editors of the 2011 edition: “The Protest above all testifies to a disappointment with respect to situationist thought and its ‘youthful, unkept promises.’ Lutanie essentially takes aim at Debord, accusing him, if not of jealousy for a radicalism of which he was quite incapable, although he claimed it, then at least bad faith in his affirmation that the group [Action directe] was manipulated by the State.” Cf. Debord’s letter to Kloosterman dated 13 July 1981: “I have asked Gérard [Lebovici] to send you a copy of a short, very shady pamphlet (…) which, it seems to me, must be read with great attention (http://www.notbored.org/debord-29August1981.html)
Not seen in the trade; the only OCLC copy we could find is at the Labadie library at the University of Michigan
Cartes Postales. Paris: Bibliotheque Nationale de France, 2013. 10.5 x 14.8 cm.
Set of 8 detourned postcards postcards released on the occasion of the Guy Debord exhibit at the Bibliotheque Nationale de France. Limited Edition of 500 each. Some postcards are “detournements of detournements”
Carte Postale #1 – “Construisez vous-memes une petite situation sans avenir” (originally printed by the IL in May 1955)
Carte Postale #2 – “Si vous vous croyez du genie, ou si vous estimez posseder seulement une intelligence brillante, presentez-vous [a l’exposition Guy Debord. Un Art de la Guerre. du 27 mars au 13 Juillet 2013 a la BnF, Paris 13e (originally printed by the IL in December 1955)
Carte Postale #3 – “Guy Debord: Un Art de la Guerre” (picture originally taken in Sept. 1960)
Carte Postale #4 – “A Bas la Societe Spectaculaire-Marchande” (CMDO poster originally released in May-June 1968)
Carte Postale #5: “Aaaaahhh l’Internationale Situationniste!!!” (originally published 16 May 1968)
Carte Postale #6 – “Realisation de la Philosophie” (originally published 17 June 1963)
Carte Postale #7 – “Le matin apres dix heures…” (originally published in 1958)
Carte Postale #8 – “Depassement de l’art” (17 June 1963)
Rumney, Ralph. The Leaning Tower of Venice. Paris: Silverbridge, 2002. 36 p.; ill.; 20 x29 cm.; blue cover with text in black. Limited and numbered edition of 368. In the 18 copies of the special edition on old Lana, one page in the last chapter (La stampa non é l’impronta) carries the hand print of the author in gold leaf with his signature. In the edition of 350, the hand’s imprint is screen printed on Centaure paper by the Charnière printer
“The first complete reproduction of Ralph Rumney’s seminal contribution of the International Situationist Movement’s conception of Psychogeography. This detournement of ‘fotonovella’ which Rumney realized in Venice in 1957, was meant to be published in the first issue of the International Situationist Review. In the preface, Ralph Rumney recounts all the misfortunes of this famous work of art which had disappeared under unclear circumstances and became invisible for many years” (Silverbridge)
The full book can be seen at (and ordered from) http://www.royalbooklodge.com/en/publications/the-leaning-tower-of-venice/